At various points of the semester, Grenfell Campus staff members support students in hosting events that promote cultural exchange. These events are often well-attended and provide members of our communities with opportunities to interact with students from around the world. For instance, participants might be shown how to write their names in the characters of another language, play a game from another country, or sample a dish from another nation's cuisine. Kids can be engaged with playful activities related to childhood around the world, while adults can discuss more complex issues related to current and past situations in the home nations of participating students. These brief exchanges can have a long-lasting impact.
Having witnessed the types of meaningful intercultural interactions that happen at these cultural exchange events in Corner Brook, we would like to bring this event into other communities of Western Newfoundland. Knowing how much our international students could gain from time in rural Newfoundland, we would also like to provide an opportunity for a complete cultural exchange by including a Newfoundland Culture Event on the following day.
The "Stay Where You're To 'til I Comes Where You're At" project seeks to bring a group of international students to the Julia Ann Walsh Heritage Centre (managed by the Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation) in Norris Point to host a culture exchange event for residents in Norris Point and its neighbouring communities, followed by a reciprocal event where the people of Norris Point and its surrounding communities showcase and share their local cultures.
One of our objectives in offering this program is to help highlight rural communities to our international students, and vice versa. We want our international students to see the potential of rural Newfoundland and for rural Newfoundland to see the potential of international students. We believe that the integration of international students into our provincial communities is important to their success as students and as Newfoundlanders - whether they stay here short-term to complete their degrees or long-term as professionals after graduation. It is important for our international students to witness rural Newfoundland as a lively and active place of possibility as our university continues in its mission to serve the province.
Norris Point, NL